With temperatures just starting to drop across the nation, Mariah Carey is here to give you some cozy holiday cheer. The Queen of Christmas dropped the snuggly visual for her new holiday classic in the making, “Fall in Love at Christmas,” on Friday morning (Nov. 5) and it goes down like a big, beautiful glass of spiked egg nog.
Straight from the Butterfly Lounge, MC spreads the cheer with Khalid and gospel great Kirk Franklin in the clip that finds the three hanging in their PJs in Mariah’s living room as they croon over the track’s finger-picked guitars and subtly chiming sleigh bells.
“And every Christmas I’ll be there/ This time of year, we’re both aware/ We gotta fall in love again at Christmas time,” Carey and Khalid croon in unison as they enjoy a cocktail while Franklin tinkles the ivories just steps away. And you know Mariah wouldn’t just rock one look, as she changes from her basketball jersey and cover up into a glittering golden holiday party dress to step out into the nighttime snow.
To really hammer home the holiday message, the chorus has a clever Christmas twist, as they sing, “Fa la la, fall in love with the feeling/ Fa la la, fall in love trust believe we can/ Fall in love again at Christmas time.” And yes, you better believe there’s a snowy whistle note or three in there and, as promised in an earlier tease, a gospel choir breakdown in the outro that takes the arrangement up a dozen notches.
Apple announced on Tuesday (Nov. 2) that Mariah will return to Apple+ next month with a new holiday special, Mariah’s Christmas: The Magic Continues, which will feature guests spots from her “Fall in Love” collaborators, who will join her for the first and only performance of the single.
Watch the “Fall in Love at Christmas” video below.